Post # 1
I’m thinking about holding my ceremony at Pasadena City Hall in Spring/Summer 2011 (probably doing reception at a Chinese restaurant nearby in Monterey Park). I have 175 guests and I’m on a tight budget.
Have any of you held your ceremony there? About how much does it cost? (I want to nix it from my list of potentials if it’s too pricey). Do you have any checklists that you used to plan it?
Post # 3
It’s pretty affordable (I think about 3K for the site fees, by the end of it (but that was for ceremony and reception – so it might be different for ceremony only)) – the issue is that you have to pull a lot of permits (which is time consuming) and you have to be willing to have the setup/tear down done, etc. I didn’t use it, but did a lot of research. PM me for more info. Also – call now to reserve your date – it fills up quick, since it’s used for special events by the city.
Post # 4
I looked into it when I was planning my wedding. Like Oracle said there are quite a few permits, additional fees you need to pay. The downer is that they will not let you reserve it until 6 months prior to your wedding date.
A few fees, keep in mind these were effective till 6/10, they may have gone up:
-$750 security deposit to reserve the date
-They require proof of a liability insurance policy of $1,000,000
-$597/hr for non-residents (4 hour minimum) rental fee
-$116 for electrician 9if you plan on using outlets for sound, mics)
-They do not rent tables/chairs so you would need to have an outside vendor for that
-$178.35 to have the fountain on
-$206.20 restrooms clean-up/restocking fee
-$15.64/hr for security guard (4 hr minimum)
You’re looking at around $2900 and that doesn’t include chair rentals. Hope that helps!
Post # 5
Thanks to you both- very helpful!!
Did you decide not to go with them because it was too much of a hassle?
Post # 6
@mulan83: I was going to do both the ceremony and reception there. I ended up deciding I didn’t want to be responsible (or hire people) to do all the setup/breakdown and figure out all the details with catering, etc. I ultimately decided to not be stressed out about coordinating all the individual aspects was more important to me than having it at City Hall… although, I still wistfully drive by there and think… ah… if only 😉
Fiance didn’t like the fact there was a lot of traffic noise and the fact that even though you have to hire security, they can’t stop people from watching the ceremony/reception… so that was another deal breaker.
Hope that helps!
Post # 7
Oh man, thanks guys!
This might be more trouble than it’s worth
Post # 8
@ Oracle—the gawkers were a deal breaker for us too!
After all was said and done I felt it was more stress than it was worth.
Good luck on your search Mulan83
Post # 8
hi I’m Mia and I was interested in pasadena. I know your post was in 2010 but any additional help you can give me would be appreciated